CART FUN: The first Jacaranda Festival Billy Cart Derby is set to run this year, but needs help from local businesses to get the green light.
CART FUN: The first Jacaranda Festival Billy Cart Derby is set to run this year, but needs help from local businesses to get the green light. Contributed

Jacaranda Billy Cart Derby needs sponsors to give green light

FOR THE first time at the Jacaranda Festival a Billy Cart Derby is being planned, but it needs sponsorship from Clarence Valley businesses to set the wheels in motion.

After the success of the annual Maclean Lions Billy Cart Derby at the Maclean Showground each Australia Day, event organiser Peter Alford is trying to bring the fun to Grafton.

"Rural communities like Bangalow, Kyogle, Beaudesert and Maclean are starting to get behind the re-emergence of what was once an iconic part of Australian history," he said.

Billy carts are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, as the baby boomer generation look to share their childhood passion with their families, and hit the shed to create their own state-of-the-art speed machine.

"Gone are the days of the wooden fruit crate with pram wheels, this is serious business," Mr Alford said.

The thrill of high-speed downhill racing has captured the imagination and interest of the younger generation, who want to battle it out for the bragging rights of king of the hill.

To lend your hand to the efforts of the Jacaranda Billy Cart Derby, contact Peter Alford on 0428 714 840 or email peter@clarencewelding.com.au



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